Musical Scales Teacher Resources
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Students examine the math that is involved with musical scales. They complete questions and discuss with classmates.
Sounds Like Science - Bottle Organ
Students see that by manipulating sound we can arrange a series of notes referred to as a musical scale. They explain the relationship between pitches and notes. They compare the sounds of different-sized bottles.
Sounds Like Science- Bottle Organ
Students investigate the relationship between pitches and notes. In this musical pitches and notes lesson, students use different sized bottles, water, and sugar to demonstrate different sounds. Students create musical notes.
Carnival of Animals
Students visit an aquarium. They discuss the fish. Students make a fish puppet. They play "Aquarium" on the Carnival of Animals. Students listen to music, and use the fish they made and pretend they are fish swimming in water. They listen for the different instruments being played, students identify which instruments are being played, and they use the hand with their fish on it as the music goes up and down the music scale.
In these homonyms worksheets, students complete two different word search puzzles that give clues and the words to help them identify homonyms.
Number the Musical Scales
In this musical scale worksheet, students number a set of right and left hand scales with the proper fingering. A reference web site is given for additional activities.
Number Sense and Numeration: Ratio and Rate
Seventh-graders solve 20 various types of problems related to ratio and rate. They write ratios in simplest form for each given statement, to compare the area of two figures, and write two ratios equivalent to each ratio. Pupils express each statement as unit rate and determine the value of each ratio. This well-written learning exercise provides many real-world examples, including the graph of the speed of racing motorcycles.
What are the Chances?
Fifth graders create their own chance music (aleatoric music) compositions using standard music notation. In this integrated composition and probability lesson, 5th graders experiment with simple music composition on tuned instruments. Additionally, students conduct simple probability experiments using a five-sided number generator or spinner to answer questions about probability.
Use projects, real-world activities, and games to bring precalculus to life for students.
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
The famous Japanese tune, "Cherry Blooms" was composed using a pentatonic scale. Budding musicians explore the nature and theory behind the pentatonic scale as well as the East Asian music it is commonly used in. Multiple extensions are suggested for learners with musical experience, as well as adaptations for those with very little experience.
Keys and Scales are Sets
Music theory lessons can be very tricky for some people. Children with a basic understanding of musical concepts take on the task of transposing music and identifying scale sets. This would be a good topic to address prior to discussing circle of fifths. The lesson plan includes sheet music and two worksheets.
Scaling the Blues
Students identify musical characteristics of blues music and define the term 'scale.' They identify chromatic, major, pentatonic, and blues scales and label each key on a keyboard using letter names, sharps and flats.
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
Learners get a taste of music theory as they explore variations of the C-Major scale. They discuss traditional music styles that often incorporate pentatonic scales in their composition, music theory, and practice. Then they use a keyboard (piano) to practice and play with variations of the scale.
Students integrate the patterns of Fibonacci into music. For this geometry lesson, students apply the concepts of recursion, pattern and Phi or Golden Ratio to composing and playing music on various instruments. They lesson is co-taught with a music teacher.
Indian Music Test
In this music worksheet, students answer 15 questions about Indian music. For example, "Which religion is important to Indian music?"
The Influence of Jazz Music in Twentieth Century Art
Students examine the effect of music on society. While listening to music, they identify the beat, rhythm and write down their reaction to it. Listening to longer selections, they assign a color to the music and share it with the class. They create a piece of art using that color reflecting on the music pieces to end the lesson.
Fifth graders explore music appreciation by identifying music rhythms and notes. In this music reading activity, 5th graders discover the different musical scales and practice memorizing them in class. Students research music information on the web and utilize their recorder instruments to play Jingle Bells.
The Science of Sound and Musical Instruments
Students identify the components of sound. They describe the relationship between pitch and frequency and explain the terms sympathetic vibrations and resonance. They perform simple experiments about the world of sound and explain the process of hearing.
Create a Composition
Young scholars select an instrument and create a musical composition. In this musical composition lesson plan, students invent an original piece of music that is 16 measures long. Young scholars hum and record their pieces.
Makiko's New World
Learners analyze the internal and external causes of the Meiji Restoration. They look at the goals and policies of the state and their impact on Japan's modernization. Students also assess the impact of Western ideas on Japan and realize that there can be social costs of rapid cultural change. This guide involves watching movies and looking at reader's theatres, articles, and other sources of information.